Could they bee after the Calcium:scratch: If I recall correctly, Rabbits excrete lots of Calcium in their urine; Chicken feed is also high in Calcium which I guess would be in their feces. Bees must have a need for Calcium. Pure speculation on my part. Adrian.
The manure im talking about is already composted, not fresh.Yes they like my composting plant matter as well. As I have mentioned in a earlyer thread, bees love pee. I assume its the salt and or other minerals. Maybe the same reason aplies to manure.
I have noticed this too. We raise cattle and do feed them mineral mix. Maybe that is what they are after. I have also noticed that when my horses get sweaty I sometimes see some pestering them and they pester me when I make a bucket of Miracle Grow.
I have a manure pile that is several years old , mostly sawdust but some horse droppings mixed in . The bees seem to prefer the water that leaches from the pile over the fresh spring creek that runs past the hives. They also are drawn to the ple of chicken droppings piled nearby.
Something in the manure. Be it calcuim or phosporus. Ever see cows in the spring? Hands down, they will chose the water run off from the manure pile rather than the fresh water next to them....if their mineral source is not complete. Fix the mineral problem and hands down they will chose fresh water!
Bet the bees are going for mineral of some kind
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